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Title: Democratic approaches to mental healthcare in which therapeutic relationships can flourish
Author: Closs, Jack
ISNI:       0000 0004 6496 6074
Awarding Body: City, University of London
Current Institution: City, University of London
Date of Award: 2017
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An alternative approach to mental healthcare for severe mental illness called ‘open dialogue’ (OD) is currently being trialled in the NHS. My research used a qualitative approach to develop understanding about the experiences of five families who had been using OD in the NHS. Each family was interviewed as a group and critical narrative analysis was used to analyse each family’s experience. This resulted in a series of idiographic narratives, which were then considered from the theoretical perspectives of empowerment and objectification. The findings are then explored from the perspectives of humanistic psychology and compassion. Possible applications of the research for the practice of OD are considered for professionals and users. Applications for the practice of counselling psychology are also considered, and ideas for future research are suggested.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology